Saturday, July 27, 2013
Pioneer Day Spiderman
Never had a major face paint...until today: Spiderman for pioneer day. We got there early for our shift of shucking corn. Juuuuust a few hundred to pull open- that's all. There was a flag raising, some patriotic singing, and some tours of the Nauvoo Temple, built by the Spanish Branch. (Is it just me or are Spanish Branches in most places more dedicated/get-it-done-ish when it comes to big events? I've seen some major big things pulled off in the last couple stakes I've been in. I tend to think the Spanish Branches know more how to sacrifice & work hard and are perhaps less whiny. But I don't mean to over-stereotype.) There were pie eating contests, chances to square dance with professionals, drink homemade rootbeer and eat homemade ice cream, & roast weenies over different kinds of makeshift ovens/heat sources. There was a huuuuuge set up about provident living with how to can, tons of samples to try, things to use, homemade jams, etc. aMAZing! There was even a scout master out there hammering glowing metal on an anvil- showing his blacksmith skills. Lukas loved the inflatable slide and face paint. Once there, we called his friend Jacob's mom, texting her pictures of the event and hoping they would come, and they DID! Lukas and Jacob had fun together, and the parents were very impressed with the story of the Nauvoo temple and the display that people made for this event. She's also interested in canning beans with me sometime, and enjoyed that preparedness display. A really kind man from the stake presidency came over and talked to them too and Jose (the Papa) said later how wonderful it was to be there and that they had a great time. He thanked us for inviting him, and said how impressed he was with all the people, how the kids were with each other (big kids pulled covered wagons for the small ones) and that they are a beautiful people. We remain friends with them, and invite them to things all the time. I watch Jacob twice a week while Anna does some college courses, and love that Lukas gets a chance to play with a best friend often.